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EDF on Trial in French Cloak-and-Dagger Greenpeace Spy Case

Electricite de France SA and two former security officials go on trial over “cloak-and-dagger” charges that the company hired a hacker and private investigator to spy on Greenpeace International’s French operations.

EDF, Europe’s biggest power producer, sought the men’s help to monitor activists in 2006 as Greenpeace challenged plans in the U.K. to expand nuclear operations. EDF and the other men are charged by prosecutors with receiving information gained from hacking at the trial, which is scheduled to start today in Nanterre, near Paris.